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Karachi continues to bleed & burn within an Islamic Grace.

July 8, 2011

Tensed Karachi. The current wave of violence in Karachi has brought the total number of dead to 88 in the last four days. - AFP Photo

Karachi continues to bleed & burn

Karachi paralysed by violence

KARACHI: The Sindh government authorised the Rangers on Friday to exercise the powers of police officers to ‘use necessary force to prevent terrorist acts’ as steps promised and taken hitherto failed to stop killings in Karachi and 30 people lost their lives on the fourth day of violence, raising the death toll to 93.

The Qasba Colony and adjoining areas remained the worst affected, although the violence spread to the southern and eastern parts of the city and grenade and rocket attacks were also reported.

Scattered arson attacks left at least eight shops burnt in Aligarh Colony and a commercial centre in Kharadar met the same fate.

The violence that has so far remained beyond the control of police and Rangers forced residents of Qasba Colony and adjoining areas to flee to safe places.

A Sindh Rangers spokesman said personnel of the paramilitary force had helped evacuate hundreds of people trapped in strife-torn areas.

“We are moving the families to safe places and the exercise continues. Rangers troops helped mainly people in Qasba Colony and adjoining areas,” he said.

A grenade attack in the congested commercial area of Bheempura claimed three lives and rocket attacks on houses in Baldia Town spread panic in the densely-populated neighbourhood.

City police chief Saud Mirza said: “Two miscreants were killed in an encounter in Pak Colony area, while in other parts of the city we managed to arrest some 85 people and seized arms, including AK-47 rifles. Read details in :  Dawn 

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Karachi violence is still intensifying for a big hit and Islamic hatred.

June 15, 2011

 

Death toll in Karachi unrest rises to 20

GULF TODAY || Wednesday 15th June 2011, Rajab 12, 1432 || KARACHI: The death toll in a fresh wave of violence blamed on political and ethnic tensions in Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi rose to at least 20 on Wednesday, an official said.

Renewed tensions between the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP), which represent different ethnic communities, have triggered serious fears that the violence could spill over on a wider scale.

“The death toll has risen to 20 with eight more targeted killings overnight in different areas of Karachi,” provincial home ministry spokesman Sharfuddin Memon said.

The violence erupted late on Monday.

The government in Sindh province said it had stepped up police and paramilitary patrols in the troubled western and central neighbourhoods to avert further killings.

Memon gave no specific reason for the renewed violence in Karachi but analysts believe conflicting interests of political forces and poor governance trigger routine flare-ups.

“Karachi is a big city where crime and corruption is rampant and targeted killings is convenient cover for criminal mafia to continue their activities,” analyst Imtiaz Gul said.

“While political parties fight to retain their clout in the city, criminal gangs, involved in organised crimes take advantage of the situation.”

Both MQM and ANP have accused each other of killing their supporters, fanning tensions within Karachi that reverberate to the capital Islamabad, where both factions are also members of the federal governing coalition.

In 2010, political violence in Karachi was dominated by flare-ups in August after an MQM lawmaker was shot dead and in October on the eve of the election for his successor.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 748 people – 447 political activists and the rest civilians – were killed in targeted shootings in the city last year. 

Targeted killings in 2009 claimed 272 lives.

 Courtesy: Agence France-Presse

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Toll in Karachi bloodshed rises to 51

October 20, 2010

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a street in Karachi on October 18. — Photo by AFP

Gunmen’s spree cripples Karachi, 51 killed

October 20, 2010   6:05:46 PM

AP | ISLAMABAD

Pakistan’s largest city reeled Wednesday after gunmen opened fire in a commercial market, killing 11 people in the latest spasm of violence to underscore the poor state of law and order in this U.S.-allied nation.

At least 51 people, including several political activists, have been killed and dozens more wounded since Saturday in Karachi, a sprawling port city of more than 16 million residents that is prone to political, ethnic and religious strife.

Many killings in Karachi have been linked to gangs allegedly controlled by political parties. The attack on the market occurred late Tuesday and its victims included eight Pakistanis of Baluch descent, said Sharmila Farooqi, a provincial government spokeswoman. The wave of violence in the city has coincided with Sunday’s election to replace a provincial lawmaker killed in August.

Because of its status as the country’s main economic hub, keeping Karachi calm is of prime importance to Pakistani leaders who have already seen criminal activity soar alongside Taliban-led Islamist militant violence.

A major chunk of supplies for U.S. and NATO troops is shipped to the city before traveling overland in Pakistan and into neighboring Afghanistan.

Farooqi said police had detained 55 suspects in connection with the latest violence, and that some were linked to local political parties. Security forces were patrolling the city to prevent fresh violence Wednesday, she said.

The two parties most linked to violence in Karachi _ the Muttahida Quami Movement and the Awami National Party _ have their electoral bases in different ethnic groups that make up a large share of the city’s population.

The MQM claims to represent the Urdu-speaking descendants of those people who came to Karachi from India soon after the birth of Pakistan in 1947. It is secular and likes to speak out against the so-called Talibanization of the city, a jab at the Awami National Party, which represents the ethnic Pashtuns from the Taliban heartland in the northwest.

Raza Haider, the member of the provincial assembly who was gunned down in August, was a senior member of the MQM.

Both parties were competing for Haider’s vacant seat, but the ANP announced Saturday evening that it would boycott the election, saying the MQM would rig the vote. The MQM won the seat. MQM lawmaker Haider Abbas Rizvi said the party had handed authorities a list of 150 alleged criminals it suspects in the attacks but that nothing had come of it. He not only blamed the ANP, but also faulted the Pakistan People’s

Party, which control’s the provincial government.

ANP spokesman Amin Khattak said the MQM was to blame, noting that the killings began shortly after his party said it would boycott the election.

Also Wednesday, a police constable was wounded when someone threw a grenade at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Pakistan’s main northwestern city, Peshawar, said Liaquat Ali, a senior police official. Peshawar is right on the edge of Pakistan’s tribal belt, a lawless stretch of territory along the Afghan border where many militants shelter.

Courtesy : AP & AFP.

Consecutive fifth day violence : Three more killed in Karachi

February 3, 2010

Paramilitary forces keep guard after arriving to the site of a target killing in Karachi, February 2, 2010. — Reuters

Three more killed in Karachi as violence enters fifth day

KARACHI, Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010: A man was killed in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal Town whereas two people were killed in the city’s Orangi Town and Qasba Colony areas. Meanwhile, a man wounded three days ago during the violence also succumbed to his injuries.

On Tuesday, at least 13 people were killed in incidents of firing in different areas of Karachi in the backdrop of the Pakistan People’s Party’s main coalition partner staging a walk out from the Sindh Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has called upon holding a high-level meeting to review the province’s law and order situation, particularly in connection with the rising incidents of target killings in Karachi.

On Tuesday, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said he would call in the army to “play its due role and take over Karachi, as a Swat-like law and order situation is developing in the provincial capital.”

Courtesy : DawnNews & Reuters.

Non-Stop Karachi Violence::Ten more killed as Karachi violence enters fourth day

February 2, 2010

Intermittent firing continued in different parts of Karachi as unknown gunmen continued to wander around unchecked. — Photo by AFP

Ten more killed as Karachi violence enters fourth day

Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010||Safar 18, 1431

KARACHI: At least ten people were killed as violence continued unabated for the fourth consecutive day in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

The bullet ridden bodies of the deceased were found in different parts of Karachi including Mangohpir, Abdullah Colony, Orangi Town, Karimabad and Dhaka Colony.

Earlier Tuesday, another person was shot dead in the city’s Orangi Town area.

Many markets in the city’s affected areas still remained closed and public transporters were reluctant to take their vehicles to certain areas.

Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said that the army may be called in to control the situation if required.

The minister also rejected claims that workers of one political party were being singled out by the police.

Intermittent firing continued in different parts of Karachi as unknown gunmen continued to wander around unchecked. — DawnNews

Courtesy: DawnNews & AFP.

Karachi violence claims 3; hurts 7

January 21, 2010

Karachi violence claims 3; hurts 7

Updated at: 0830 PST, Thursday, January 21, 2010|| The International News Source.


A fireman extinguishes fire on a building which was set ablaze by an angry mob in Karachi. File Photo.

KARACHI: At least 3 persons were shot dead while another 7 sustained injuries cum an activist of political party in incidents of shooting occurred in separate parts of metropolis including Gulishtan-e-Johar, Landhi, Zaman Town and Malir localities from late Wednesday to Thursday, Geo news reported.

A total of 6 vehicles including a rickshaw were torched amid violence in Gulistan-e-Johar area alone.

According to details, the violence erupted when some unknown miscreants opened fire on the office of a construction company located in Block 19 of Gulistan-e-Johar, killing two persons namely Zareen Khan and Wali Muhammad.

Later, some other law offenders shot injured two persons near Johar Chaowrangi area who were rushed to hospital for medical attainment, sources said.

Six vehicles including a rickshaw were set ablaze near Perfume Chowke in Block 18 of Gulistan-e-Johar area, sending the entire locality in panic and terror while all the petrol pumps, shops, transport and daily routine hustle and bustle had come to halt due to fierce violence.

Many innocent citizens were robbed of their mobile phones, money and many other valuables as the traffic had clogged in Shorab Goth locality in reaction of Gulitan-e-Johar violence, affectees said.

Two persons received bullet injuries in Malir locality, but the unknown attackers succeeded to flee the scene, police said.

Three more persons were injured in firing incident in others parts of Karachi including Shah Faisal Coloney, Landhi Sherpao Colony while one among injured identified as 25-year-old Aasif who later succumbed to injuries at hospital.

Police, later on the day, claimed to have deployed heavy contingents of police parties in Shah Faisal Colony, Hassan Square, Sohrab Goath, Abul Hassan Asfahani Road, Landhi and Gulistan-e-Johar.

A market set on fire in retaliation for a suicide blast in Karachi. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani Violence Sum-up for 2009 by Guardian.

Pakistan suffers record number of deaths due to militant violence

3,021 people killed in terrorist attacks in 2009 – a 48% rise, according to Islamabad think-tank

A record number of Pakistani civilians and security forces died in militant violence last year as the country reeled from an onslaught of Taliban suicide bombings that propelled it into the ranks of the world’s most perilous places.

Pakistan saw 3,021 deaths in terrorist attacks in in 2009, up 48% on the year before, according to a new report by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based defence thinktank. Researchers counted a total of 12,600 violent deaths across the country in 2009, 14 times more than in 2006.

At least half of the dead were militants who were killed in US drone strikes or, mostly, sweeping army offensives against their mountain strongholds of Swat and South Waziristan along the Afghan border. Another 2,000 or so Pakistanis died in bloodshed unrelated to militancy: political clashes, tribal feuds and border skirmishes.

In comparison just over 2,000 civilians were killed in war-torn Afghanistan during the first ten months of 2009, according to the UN. In Iraq 4,500 civilians were killed during the year, said Iraq Body Count, an independent monitoring organisation.

The high militant death toll in Pakistan was driven by the army operations, although battlefield casualty figures are notoriously difficult to confirm. The army dislodged the Taliban from their Swat stronghold but failed to capture the local leader, Maulana Fazlullah, who reportedly slipped into Afghanistan.

In October the army moved into South Waziristan, capturing roads and towns but not the militant leadership, which is thought to have moved into North Waziristan, a hornet’s nest of militancy, where speculation is growing that the army will open a third front.

The army has failed to stop the suicide attacks, which surged by one third to 87 bombings that killed 1,300 people and injured 3,600. PIPS researcher Abdul Basit said the militants were using “innovative tactics” such as targeted assassinations, kidnapping and the use of sophisticated bomb materials. “This year they were more technologically savvy,” he said.

The strife is frazzling public opinion. A recent Gallup poll found that four-fifths of Pakistanis feel unsafe in public. “Life has completely changed for everyone,” said Ali Mustafa, a doctor whose best friend was gunned down during a “swarm” attack on a Rawalpindi mosque in December.

The new year started as badly as the last one ended: a Taliban suicide attack on a volleyball match near South Waziristan on January 1 killed over 90 people. In recent days, Karachi has been wrenched by a spate of politically driven killings, unlinked to Taliban militancy, that have killed about 40 people.

Imtiaz Gul, author of a book on militancy, said that although only a small number of al-Qaida fighters were hiding in Pakistan, the group provided the inspiration for much for the mayhem. “What we see in this region right now is a fusion of interests and ideologies,” he said. “Al-Qaida is connecting people.”

The tight bond between homegrown and foreign militants was underscored at the weekend when a video emerged showing the Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, sitting beside Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives at a base in southern Afghanistan on December 30.

Pakistan has become a magnet for aspiring jihadis across the world, partly thanks to the power of the internet. Yesterday five young American Muslims went on trial in the eastern city of Sargodha. They are accused of coming to the country to try and plot terrorist attacks. The men deny the charges.

Courtesy : The International News Pakistan, The Guardian London, Google, Reuters and Others.

Ten more fall prey to targeted killing in Karachi.

January 10, 2010
updated on 12.01.2010 by alertpak
By Imran Ayub || Monday, 11 Jan, 2010 || Courtesy : DAWN.

Doctors treat an injured policeman who suffered wounds in a firing incident in Karachi’s Pak Colony on Saturday. –Online

KARACHI: Ten more people, including political activists, were killed in different parts of the city on Sunday, as law-enforcement agencies remained unable to control the recent spate of killings.

The tight measures taken for the security of President Asif Ali Zardari and visiting British foreign minister David Milliband in the city could not prevent the incidents of abduction and killing.

Most of these killings, however, were reported in the early hours of Sunday or after sunset.

Two young men were shot dead by unidentified attackers outside a restaurant in Sector 32-D of Korangi.

The Korangi Industrial Area police said that Sabit Hussain, 26, and Mohammad Rizwan, 30, were sitting outside Sharjah Restaurant when two men riding a motorbike arrived and opened fire on them.

Six more shot dead in Karachi. Situation under control or to be worsening ??

KARACHI: The ongoing spell of target killings and firing incidents claimed more six lives in Karachi, raising the death toll in last 24 hours to 13, Geo News reported Sunday.

According to police sources, at least 41 people have lost their lives during the last four days in various areas of the city.

The bodies of two unidentified men were found near Malir River in the limits of Shah Latif police station; they were shot down.

Syed Ikhlaq–an activist of a political party—has been gunned down in Nazimabad Khamosh colony and 20-year Zeeshan s/o Noman was killed in Old Haji Camp firing incident.

Body of Irfan Lahoti was found from Idgah area; the deceased is said to hail from a group based in Liyari.

In Sarjani Town also, some unidentified men killed a man Shahid Iqbal with gunshots.

Latest four more people died in sporadic incidents of violence in various parts of Karachi on Sunday, DawnNews reported. Nine people were killed in target killings in Karachi on Saturday, raising tensions between coalition partners Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. Tensions were high, with the MQM threatening to quit the ruling coalition both at the centre and in Sindh. A total of 31 people have lost their lives since Thursday as gun battles and aerial fire shook large swathes of the city’s old quarter. Security personnel also came under fire. The situation in Lyari, Pak Colony, Ranchore Line, Garden and Kharadar was being described as tense by law enforcement agencies.

Courtesy : Dawn, The International News & Other Agencies.